Tuesday, April 13, 2004


The biggest problem politicians have to face is sin. And it comes in so many forms. Republicans tend to think about sins such as abortion, gay marriage, ... Democrats tend to think about sins such as fair wage, not allowing the rich to get a monopoly, environmental health, ...

But my cynical mind thinks, that as each representative comes to cast their vote for a particular issue, the system shows its ugly head and coaxes them to vote in such a way that they can later get a pet project through, one that will benefit their constiuency. So the issue comes down to satisfying constiuency with money returning to their region or voting their conscience on issues of sin.

Though their job is to help slow the pervasiveness of sin, they represent sinners and are part of a corrupt system. The opportunities to really make a difference in the world are going to be few and far between for the politician on a national level.

Which of the following two scenarios is a more accurate picture of the world, especially America?
1. The rich are getting richer. The poor poorer. As this happens, the rich have much more influence in politics. Personal rights will go out the door as families do what they have to do feed themselves. There will be fewer people in the world controlling the resources. Some will be considered dictators. Some will be called simply CEO's.

2. The poor of the world have been poor too long. The affluence of America is beginning to drift into other parts of the world. India is getting many of our jobs, and their standard of living is beginning to rise, though still nowhere near ours. We have enjoyed the world's cream as long as it was possible and now it is time for the world's standard to rise, but ours must decrease a bit as the world standard finds a balanced level.

If I believe # 1, I am not going to vote for George Bush. From what I can gather, he believes that the rich deserve tax cuts so that they can invest in new business, which creates jobs. That makes sense to me. Where middle class people take their tax cut and spend it on smaller items, which helps the economy, a richer person takes his tax cut and invests it and creates more jobs, which is even better for the economy. But the first scenario says that more jobs won't necessarily help because the rich are just getting richer. If that is the case, I would rather not let the rich man have tax cut. Just give it to me.

But I believe # 2, I don't know who I'm going to vote for because it won't make much difference. It is inevitable, and I'm not sure who will make the transition the easiest. Maybe Bush.

I've rambled. This has really been an exercise in figuring out my thoughts more than it is any kind of persuasive speech. But you are beginning to see why I don't put much stock in politics making any significant change in our society.

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